You have finished adding the
triangles to one side of the strip pairs! Press the seams towards the
LIGHT triangles. They will lay better this way because the pieced strip
pairs have a seam in the center of them, and you will have to fold that
seam back against itself if you want to press towards the dark. It
creates a lot of bulk in that place, so I press the seam towards the
light. Now it's time to add the triangles to the opposite end. One
thing ...while you are doing this you are going to want your seams on
the next round to run the same direction as the previous
triangles just added. You will be making a 'diamond' shape of the strip
pieced section. If you sew your square the wrong way, from the opposite
corner...you will end up with a trapazoid looking thing....just
Here is a pinwheel I made
with the cute little leftover bonus squares!
I squared the units up to 3" square, so this pinwheel block will finish
After you've sewn on the second set
of triangles to the strip
pairs...double sew them as above if you so desire, and trim the bonus
triangle squares off. Press towards the light triangles. To make each
block, stitch three of the pieced units together side by side by side!
Lay out 4 blocks in pinwheel fashion to create ONE BIG 18" Weed Whacker
12 big 18" Weed Whacker Blocks laid 3 X4 make this quilt center!
And for fun! If you lay out all the blocks straight, you get a strippy
This would look great with sashings stitched between the rows, chinese
Joseph's Coat Borders:
I have always loved amish quilts
and the bold graphic impact they have! I saw this border and knew that
was what I wanted to try for the Weed Whacker Quilt. I had sewn on a 2"
cut inner border in black on black check, but when it came to the outer
border, no single fabric I had seemed to do the trick for me. The time
had come to try my hand at a Joseph's Coat border!
There is no yardage given for this
part of the quilt, it is going to depend on your strip length as to how
many sections you can get out of your strip sets! Make a bunch of strip
sets from (4) 2" strips. I sew the strips in pairs, and then sew two
pair together. Press seams to one side. Look at the first pic
above...because there is going to be "SOME" waste, offset the two pairs
of strips by about 1" to 2" so they stair-step. I wanted to avoid a
"true" bias on the edge of my quilt, so I decided to cut my angles with
a 60 degree ruler. Align the ruler at the base of your strip set, and
make a clean cut on the left side. Then take your regular ruler
(mine is a 6.5" X 12.5") and lay it along that cut. I cut 6.5" subcuts
from all my strip sets. The longer your strips, the more subcuts from
each set you are going to be able to get. To be sure I had enough, I
laid these out on the floor around my quilt center to make sure I was
going to have a long enough length for all 4 borders. You might even
go a couple strip sets extra..you don't want to run short here!
Join the sections, mixing them up
with as much variety as possible to distribute your scraps around the
quilt. Looking at the photo above, you will see how you need to off set
the seam allowance just a bit to keep the edges of your borders
even. I joined the units into pairs, then into fours, then into
eights, etc..until I had enough in one long length to cut all four
borders for the quilt. Press seams carefully where you joined sections.
Square off one end, and following border instructions found on my border hints page,
measure through the center of the quilt from top to bottom and cut 2
border lenghts this size. Attach borders to both long sides of the
quilt, matching centers and ends and pinning, easing where neccessary
to fit. Press border towards inner border. This avoids having to fold
all those outer border seams back against themselves creating bulk in
Measure across the quilt center from side to side, including the two
side borders you just added. Cut two borders this size, one top, and
one bottom! Attach the top and bottom borders to the quilt, pinning
centers and ends and easing where necessary to fit. Press seam
allowance towards inner border.
And She Kept on Piecing!!
I love pieced backs! You
can ALWAYS make a
big dent in the scrap stash by piecing your backs from many fabrics. I
like to cut 10.5" squares of lots of fabrics, usually from the same
color family, all blues, all reds, all neutrals, all pinks, etc. Why
10.5" squares? Well...I can get 4 squares across a 44" wide piece of
yardage, and have really NOTHING but selveges left over. Total fabric
annihilation! :c) The squares finish at 10"...so it is easy for me to
figure out how many squares I need to go across the width and down the
length of my quilt to construct my back. You can use any size of square
you want, but I like to keep the math easy for me. I sew the squares
block to block, but if you want to avoid seams that intersect you can
offset them for a whole different look. Experiment with it! If you are
like me, and have fabric coming out of your ears, who is really
thrilled with the chore of having to go buy a 6 to 9 yard piece of ONE
fabric for the back of a quilt?
I had left over black/grey
squares from the back of my ocean waves
quilt, and pink/coral
squares left from the back of my spiderweb
quilt...I only needed to cut a few extra to have enough to alternate
them checkerboard fashion for this fun back for the Weed Whacker quilt!
here is the quilting in progress! Since the border was Amish inspired,
I quilted a curling Amish feather there in fuscia thread! A whirlygig
feather is in the weed whacker pinwheel sections, also in fuscia,
and the light areas are filled in with peacock feathering using a
signature pastel varigated thread.
If you make this quilt, I'd love to
display a picture of it here to
share with other quilters! Just drop me an email, I'd love to hear from
or Comments? I would love to hear from you!! Bonnie@Quiltville.com
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